Judge Dundy's Decision, Omaha Herald, May 18, 1879

[From the Omaha Herald on May 18, 1879. To see a representation of the actual newspaper story, click here.] ]

Judge Dundy's Decision

The St. Paul Pioneer Press says: If the decision of Judge Dundy, of the United States court of Omaha, to the effect that Indians have the legal rights of citizens, is sustained, the Indian policy of the government will undergo a revolution. A Washington dispatch refers to the decision as an unexpected blow, and a serious embarrassment to the government in dealing with the tribes. It may be questioned whether it does not bring as much good as evil in its train. Any comprehensive and rational Indian policy contemplates the ultimate civilization of the savages. This involves, sooner or later, their recognition as citizens as full legal rights. On the one hand, it may be said the time for this has not arrived, while a large part of the savages are in a state of barbarism. On the other, it may be urged that the possession of the rights of citizens will hasten the call for citizenship. This argument should be as good for Indians as negroes. The protection of habeas corpus is not superfluous for any class under government.

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